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50,000 Quarantined in Liberia’s Capital — “Out of Control”

Written by Gary North on August 21, 2014

This is the wave of the future in West Africa.

MONROVIA, Liberia — Riot police and soldiers acting on their president’s orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.

Soldiers repelled the surging crowd with live rounds, driving hundreds of men and boys back into the slum known as West Point. . . .

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the death toll is rising most quickly in Liberia, which accounts for at least 576 of the deaths. At least 2,473 people have been sickened across West Africa.

The U.N. health agency also warned of shortages of food, water and other essential supplies in West Africa’s population centers.

The problem now: it has hit a city.

“It’s out of control; the numbers keep rising,” Lindis Hurum, a coordinator for Doctors without Borders in Monrovia, said this week. “It’s very difficult and complex in Monrovia. We’ve never had a large outbreak like this in an urban setting.”

This is what quarantine means.

On Wednesday, West Point residents awoke to learn that their entire area was under government quarantine. Soldiers and police in riot gear blocked roads in and out of the neighborhood. Coast-guard officers stopped residents from setting out aboard canoes from West Point, the neighborhood with the highest number of confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola in the capital.

You are sealed off. No one gets in or out. You starve.

There will be no movements in and out of those areas,” [President] Sirleaf said in a national address late Tuesday. “Additional sanctions” were necessary because her citizens failed to heed health warnings, she said.

She didn’t say how long the blockades would last, or how people trapped inside would get food, water or other help.

The rest of the nation’s healthcare system now faces collapse.

Beyond the threat of Ebola, experts warn that there has been a broader collapse of Liberia’s public-health system, resulting in a range of life-threatening illnesses and conditions that are being left untreated as hospitals close and the facilities that remain open become overwhelmed with suspected Ebola cases. . . .

Liu said her team had come across six pregnant women who had been wandering around Monrovia for hours, looking for a facility that could help deliver their babies. “They couldn’t find one,” she said. “By the time we attended to them,” she added, the babies had died.

But it’s not a 100% quarantine. Politicians break the rules, as they always do.

Angry crowds massed and became violent when a local government representative returned to her home in West Point on Wednesday to get her family out. Hundreds surrounded her house until security forces packed her relatives into a car, firing into the air and hustling them away.

Westerners think: “It can’t happen here.” Why can’t it? Why won’t it? “Because Ebola only affects people in West Africa.” Why is that? “Because we live here. Things like this do not happen here.”

This is good news. I was beginning to worry.

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14 thoughts on “50,000 Quarantined in Liberia’s Capital — “Out of Control”

  1. Phillip the Bruce says:

    This quarantine is bad news. The fact that a 'public servant', aka elite elected politician, was able to circumvent it for her family is outrageous. And folks think the situation in Gaza is bad.

  2. CaptTurbo says:

    Gee here's an idea; Why don't we leave our borders wide open and bury our heads in the sand?

  3. Centurian says:

    The story about the 6 pregnant women doesn't even pass the sniff test. I have a healthcare background and can tell you that women have babies all the time without hospitals or doctors. Its such a natural process that even you cat can do it! The likelihood that 6 women in one city, even New York or Mexico City would simultaneously have such complicated pregnancies that "the babies died" in a matter of hours is preposterous. This is disinformation, probably psyops to create fear and sympathy. There is more to this than what is reported.

  4. I'm sure the US govt will import some of these poor unfortunates into America, spread them around and let them free.

  5. ‘Dear Leader’ would love it. Then he could mandate his dictatorship even more. We could have pandemic’s of several diseases and then marshal law shoved down all of our throats.

  6. I will note that the two Americans sick with Ebola that were flown here a few weeks ago are now out of the hospital and supposedly recovering. While there is no way to know for sure, it may be that in Western hospitals the Ebola fatality rate will be much lower than it is in Africa. Some African hospitals don't even have sufficient IV fluid.

    If Ebola ultimately kills because of dehydration then Western hospitals can probably overcome that.

  7. West African people were warned repeatedly for decades to stop killing and eating "bush meat" which carry the ebola virus. But since they sneer at ridiculous suggestions this is the result.

  8. MARTIAL LAW not marshal. Lol.

  9. Phillip the Bruce says:

    The Constitution does not authorize the federal gunverment to have any say in immigration. According to the 10th Amendment, that is up to the individual States.

  10. Phillip the Bruce says:

    Marshal law might not be a bad idea. Where is Matt Dillon when we need him.

  11. ebolabullchit says:

    nice catch Centurian…the subtle bullchit abounds!

  12. ebolabullchit says:

    the constitution is garbage now, stop playing the constitution card. time to play the riot and insurgent cards.

  13. I have a new and improved way to get out of a speeding ticket: when the cop comes to your open window, just say: "Don''t worry, Officer, I've had the Ebola vaccine, and I DON'T THINK that I am contagious." It works really well where I live, about a mile from Ft. Detrick, the home of the US Army Institute of Infectious Diseases, the home of the "Hot Zone" travel team of docs and techs.
    Eddy Bob

  14. We should have left the two missionaries there, stopped all movement between the United States and those countries that are spreading Ebola. Quarantine those countries, not just cities.